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Monday, December 13, 2010

May Arts Ribbon...

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I posted about a plaid ribbon giveaway at May Arts some time ago and myself took up their offer. I chose a sweet lavendar/pink/brown plaid with stitched edges. My plans were to make a cute garland of snowflakes and gingerbread men for the holidays but just couldn't make it happen so opted instead to make Christmas gifts for my two little great nieces. Truth is their mommy gave me 2 wood ovals a year or two ago and asked me if I'd make a door plaques for them since I have a handy Cricut die cutter. Somehow they got tucked away and forgotten until a couple weeks ago when I did a major cleaning in my studio and unearthed them.
So here's what turned out with my free ribbon from May Arts... I bet you can guess which one belongs to Alison and which is Caroline's!
Here's how to make them: sand wood oval and paint with dark base coat (I used fuschia & purple), dry and sand lightly and repeat. When dry brush on a coat of crackle glaze and dry for 55 minutes then coat with off-white acrylic paint & dry. Spray coat with clear matte enamel. Antique lightly with walnut sponge stamp pad. Cut 2 layers of shadow letters in chipboard & solid cardstock with Cricut (used Alphalicious and Plantin Schoolbook) and 1 layer of printed cardstock in normal uppercase letters. Glue layers together with Tacky Glue and adhere to base. Coat letters with Glossy Accents. Drill 2 holes for hanger. For Caroline's I cut lots of 4" pieces of yarn, string & ribbons which were tied to a wire hanger I fashioned from floral wire...you'll see the May Arts plaid in the mix. To make Alison's unique I tied the May Arts ribbon on each side and glued the loose end to the back of the plaque with a separate length of ribbon I tied a bow at the center top and added a lavendar button, 2 smaller buttons were added to the base just below where the ribbon is connected. I think they made a nice little Christmas present for two sweet little gals who are 6 and 4!!This is before I added the larger lavendar button to the bow ~ which version do you like best?

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